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Christie defends killing tunnel project he says 'stunk'

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Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to discontinue a project to build a new rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York.

Christie's 2010 decision has come under fire recently as New York's Penn Station has been the site of two derailments and other major delays in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, Christie didn't answer questions on the topic at a news conference headed by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.

In Atlantic City on Thursday, Christie said the shelved tunnel project wouldn't have been completed by now anyway.

He also said a new tunnel project he supports is far superior and that the previous project "stunk" because the cost wasn't shared by New York state or New York City and trains wouldn't have terminated directly in Penn Station.